The scholarship of teaching and learning: A scoping review protocol

  • Nancy Chick Rollins College
  • Lorelli Nowell
  • Bartlomiej Lenart
Keywords: scoping review protocol, SoTL, scoping review, state of the field


The diversity of scholars, teachers, and practitioners in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is a strength but also makes it a complex field to understand and navigate, and perhaps even more complex to contribute to, despite its youth. Beyond the ongoing efforts to define and theorize the field, SoTL needs a rigorous inventory taking and analysis that documents its highly traveled questions, topics, methods, and areas where more work needs to be done, as well as who is doing the work. We describe here our protocol for conducting a scoping review to map the range and nature of published SoTL projects. A scoping review is a first step in gathering information on areas that warrant deeper exploration. It will also allow SoTL to more fully and accurately be represented as a practice, an act of inquiry, and a type of research into teaching and learning.

Author Biographies

Nancy Chick, Rollins College

Nancy Chick is director of the Endeavor Foundation Center for Faculty Development at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida (USA). She, Lorelli Nowell, and Bartlomiej Lenart are former colleagues.

Lorelli Nowell

Lorelli Nowell is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary (CAN). Her work focuses on research in teaching and learning.

Bartlomiej Lenart

Bartlomiej A. Lenart is the Research and Learning Librarian for Education and Philosophy at the University of Calgary (CAN). His research interests include the philosophical concept of identity and information literacy education.


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How to Cite
ChickN., NowellL., & LenartB. (2019). The scholarship of teaching and learning: A scoping review protocol. Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 7(2), 186-197.